Trust, Power and Agency in Childbirth: Women’s relationships with obstetricians.This great article by Monica Campo, a feminist sociologist and scholar, needs to be shared. Monica is doing her PhD at La Trobe University, in Victoria, and this article is part of her work for her PhD. The article is published online at Outskirts: Feminism along the Edge. Monica explains the content of this article this way:
"This paper has a twofold argument: that women participating in this study enter into a relationship of trust with their obstetrician based both on their class positioning and their belief and entrenchment within the hegemonic biomedical model of birth; and that their confidence and trust in their own ability to birth without medical expertise is subtly eroded in the medical encounter as well as through cultural fears surrounding birth. I use this evidence to make a wider claim regarding the limits of choice and agency within the obstetric encounter. Women in medical systems of maternity care are not ‘passive dupes’ of obstetric hegemony but their autonomy is nonetheless constrained by their relationship with their obstetrician and an increasing normalisation of medical birth".